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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pelosi and the Real Housewives of Orange County

Don't really know who the Real Housewives of Orange County are (I think they have a reality show but since I don't have T.V. I've never seen it) but I thought this was very funny...



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldHF6PFUukw

Gore Vidal: ?We?ll have a dictatorship soon in the US? - Times Online

Gore Vidal: ?We?ll have a dictatorship soon in the US? - Times Online

Read Here: http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/the_way_we_live/article6854221.ece

Tough Times call for Budget Increases?

It's not bad enough that Congress is spending us into oblivion, during the worst recession in decades, on programs few want but now they want to increase their budgets for things like consultants, post cards and receptions for foreign dignitaries...unreal...

'Lawmakers jack up spending for themselves: $500K for town halls,' by Manu Raju: 'Congress is on the verge of giving itself a bump in its annual budget - even as local governments, families and businesses across the country are tightening their belts in the worst recession in decades. Under a House-Senate conference measure, approved by the House last week and poised for passage in the Senate on Wednesday, spending for the legislative branch will increase 5.8 percent this year, boosting Capitol Hill's annual budget to $4.7 billion. The measure includes a hodgepodge of new funding for lawmakers: a $500,000 pilot program for senators to send out postcards about their town hall meetings, $30,000 for receptions for foreign dignitaries and $4 million for consultants - with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) getting up to nine each and Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) getting up to three more.'
  Read article here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27732.html

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Current Hypocrisy debating Freedom of Speech - Part I

Whether it is book burning or trying to silence outspoken Tea Party patriots, the hypocrisy in the First Amendment debate continues to escalate with each side defending their view of the freedom to express themselves while condemning those things that they view as egregious or offensive as not worthy of such protection. In our continuing PC country we need to ensure that we all have the right to express ourselves, as defined in the Constitution, or we will become a country more divided than ever and unwillingly or unable to reach a common direction that is not defined and redefined by who or whom is currently in Washington. We all should be constantly aware of  how our country acts as a collective and try to avoid directional changies that may happen on a whim of a few with no iinput from the people (this is seprate from agreeing with every thing that the majority believes) that make up our society....we the people determine the direction of our country not those we elect. The language of the First Amendment itself , “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”, almost guarantees that someone is going to be offended by what another American is going to say and thus should be protected by all who hold our freedoms dear. This is where the hypocrisy of the current state of the debate comes into play and why it is so dangerous where this might lead our country in the future. If we truly want the first amendment to mean any thing that we need to be willing to be offended at the subject matter but tolerate it’s expression in order to be able to express ourselves when the time comes and not be suppress by those that oppose us and our views….it’s a two sided coin of cause and effect.
The first thing we need to concede is the difference between tolerance and acceptance and that they are neither mutually exclusive nor synonymous. The sheer nature of this country means we need to tolerate a lot for the larger good: a car blaring offensive music, a preacher on the street corner yelling to the unsaved, a politician in office that we didn’t support at election time, a viewpoint we can neither understand nor believe in. These are all things that we need to tolerate, whether we think they are right or note, since we are members of a free society but we do not (or should not) necessarily accept these things and constantly be changes our inner convictions at every idea that comes down the pike thus we become a society of no conviction or faith. We also need to realize that the people we meet or more than likely tolerating us more that accepting us and that that is okay…..as the saying you can lead a horse to water but you cannot scream at him to make him drink. I continually find the irony in the argument of people who want to change the world to view things their way but are not open to hearing an idea that may actually help their cause because they’re to busy talking. There is nothing more annoying than a person that believe they have all the answers (both liberal and conservative) or what I call the Oracles….they are just a little more annoying than those people who have no conviction, no nothing of what is going on and are unwilling to make up their own minds - the “Mamby-pambies.” So, between the Oracles and the “Mamby-pambies” is where most of us sit having convictions and wanted the stimulation of debating and discussing those ideal with those who may oppose or agree with us and if we come to a common understanding great, if we only agree to disagree that is okay as well and let’s share a beer and be grateful that non of us got killed in the process. This scenario has been the catalyst of the great experiment that is the United States, fifty separate states united by one common goal, but is also over the last two decades the thing that has most suffered as we continue to hang with our crew that agrees with us and only reaching across the aisle to slap the hand of those that oppose us to detriment of all. Do I think President Obama wants to harm American and make it a worse country than before he took office? Definitely not. Do I think what he has implemented, his policies, his administration and his allies in Congress are good for America? Definitely not as well. I had Problem with “W” big government plans I’m definitely going to have more issue with the current president but then again you don’t have to accept my view but for the good of the country you do need to tolerate them and not demonize me for having an opposing view….why, because you believe in the First Amendment for your views so you believe in the first Amendment for mine as well…not to would be hypocritical and you’re no hypocrite are you?
If we only defend the First Amendment to protect our personal point of view and set out to destroy the opposing viewpoint then we can rest assure that when that opposing viewpoint is able to they will do everything to retaliate and then our right our infringed like a candle burning at both ends and we cease to become a society of free expression any longer.


Next
Part II example from all sides…..passion is not an excuse to eat with you mouth full  10/12
Part III The Issue which making the opposition evil  10/15

Social Security on the brink due to early retirements

From the AP:

Big job losses and a spike in early retirement claims from laid-off seniors will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years, the first time that's happened since the 1980s.....The deficits - $10 billion in 2010 and $9 billion in 2011 - won't affect payments to retirees because Social Security has accumulated surpluses from previous years totaling $2.5 trillion. But they will add to the overall federal deficit....Applications for retirement benefits are 23 percent higher than last year, while disability claims have risen by about 20 percent. Social Security officials had expected applications to increase from the growing number of baby boomers reaching retirement, but they didn't expect the increase to be so large....What happened? The recession hit and many older workers suddenly found themselves laid off with no place to turn but Social Security....."A lot of people who in better times would have continued working are opting to retire," said Alan J. Auerbach, an economics and law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. "If they were younger, we would call them unemployed."....Job losses are forcing more retirements even though an increasing number of older people want to keep working. Many can't afford to retire, especially after the financial collapse demolished their nest eggs.....Marylyn Kish turns 62 in December, making her eligible for early benefits. She wants to put off applying for Social Security until she is at least 67 because the longer you wait, the larger your monthly check....But she first needs to find a job......Kish lives in tiny Concord Township in Lake County, Ohio, northeast of Cleveland. The region, like many others, has been hit hard by the recession....She was laid off about a year ago from her job as an office manager at an employment agency and now spends hours each morning scouring job sites on the Internet. Neither she nor her husband, Raymond, has health insurance....."I want to work," she said. "I have a brain and I want to use it."....Kish is far from alone. The share of U.S. residents in their 60s either working or looking for work has climbed steadily since the mid-1990s, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This year, more than 55 percent of people age 60 to 64 are still in the labor force, compared with about 46 percent a decade ago.




Read Here: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090927/D9AVHRDG0.html

Monday, September 28, 2009

Uof I WINS against Nittany Lions

I had a great weekened....After going 3 in 0 and getting no respect, Iowa beat Penn State this past Saturday and re-entered the rankings...how a team goes 3 and 0 and drops from the AP Poll by winning every week is beyond me but the Hawkeyes have given noticed to the Big Ten that the Championship this year must go through Iowa City and the very real Hawkeye threat.....we have Penn State down and defeated but must meet Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State on the road, one of the toughest tests for any college team...but with the win at "Happy Valley"  the old college seems up for the task and sitting at the door of the BCS..

New high for those that oppose current health care reform solutions

From Rasmussen:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% are opposed to the plan. …Senior citizens are less supportive of the plan than younger voters. In the latest survey, just 33% of seniors favor the plan while 59% are opposed. The intensity gap among seniors is significant. Only 16% of the over-65 crowd Strongly Favors the legislation while 46% are Strongly Opposed. ..For the first time ever, a slight plurality of voters now express doubt that the legislation will become law this year. Forty-six percent (46%) say passage is likely while 47% say it is not. Those figures include 18% who say passage is Very Likely and 15% who say it is Not at All Likely. Sixty percent (60%) are less certain. …Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Democrats say the plan is at least somewhat likely to become law. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans disagree. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 34% say passage is at least somewhat likely while 58% say it is not...The overall picture remains one of stability. Today’s record low support for the plan of 41% is just a point lower than the results found twice before. With the exception of a slight bounce earlier this month following the president’s nationally televised speech to Congress to promote the plan, support for it has remained in the low-to-mid 40s since early July……Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal: “The most important fundamental is that 68% of American voters have health insurance coverage they rate good or excellent … Most of these voters approach the health care reform debate fearing that they have more to lose than to gain.” A Rasmussen video report shows that 53% of those with insurance believe it’s likely they would have to change coverage if the congressional plan becomes law. ….Despite strong efforts by the White House to counter that belief, including many comments by the president himself, there has been no change for months in the number who fear they will be forced out of their current coverage

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/september_2009/health_care_reform

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Does Ed Gillespie back up his smack?

Posted by MAXIMUS


The venerable Ed Gillespie (former RNC Chairman, former RPV Chairman, and current General Chairman of Bob McDonnell's campaign for Governor of Virginia) has got some chutzpah, to wit a recent quote: "The most dangerous place to be in Virginia on Nov. 3 is between a Republican and a voting booth"

I believe in backing up your smack. I know Ed does as well. However, I also believe in well placed advice in tweaking a campaign plan: Ed, amend the plan and triple down on the door to door canvassing..... stop what your doing, triple down and bring it!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Schools becoming Indoctrination Centers?

By know you all have seen or heard of the school video where the kids at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington Township, N.J. were instructed to recite the following poem from a visiting author (Charisse Carney-Nunes, author of the children’s book “I Am Barack Obama” ) and one time classmate of the President…this is simply over the line and breaches the ability to teach our children critical thinking skills they will need to survive in the real world; A world that requires one to disseminate between being manipulated and led astray or believing what you are being told as something real and worthy of trust. The dangerous thing with indoctrination is also the potential violent backlash that can occur when the person realizes that they have been made to follow a person that will disappoint them (and all people disappoint since we’re all flawed) over one thing or another and especially unrealistic expectations. Putting your complete trust in a person (as oppose to an ideal, belief or god) is a tricking business and will also prevent the development of leaders and defenders of free thought, free belief and the pursuit of happiness guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution. The poem/song words are below and I think quite disturbing given the context (imagine the response if these were about ‘W' , Jesus Christ or a non liberal leader/President in our history; it would have been madness it’s response. To acknowledge the historic nature of President Obama being the first black President is one thing but singing the below lyrics to “Jesus Loves me” a song I would have thought unsuitable for public school and making President Obama comparable to Jesus is another thing all together my friends. The most disturbing thing is that on the Burlington township school site there is a message that states the videotaping of this event was unauthorized but apparently indoctrinating children in our public schools (supported by all our tax dollars) is authorized.

Lyrics/Poem

Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama

He said all should lend a hand to make the country strong again

Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama

He said we must be fair today, equal work means equal pay.

Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama

He said take a stand, make sure everyone gets a chance

Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama

He said red, yellow, black and white, all are equal in his sight

Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama

Yeah! Barack Hussein Obama

…Hello Mr. President, We honor you today

For all your great accomplishments, we all do say hooray

Hooray, Mr. President you are No. 1

The first black American to lead this nation

Senator Ken Stolle chosen as FOP legislator of the year

Posted by MAXIMS

Fraternal Order of Police names Stolle their “Senator of the Year”

On Thursday morning 9/25/09, local and statewide Fraternal Order of Police leaders honored Ken Stolle as their 2009 “Senator of the Year” at a rally in Virginia Beach with Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell--who the FOP endorsed as their choice for Governor. Speaking to Ken’s record on supporting public safety, FOP State President Tommy Edwards said, “Ken Stolle is the most influential law enforcement figure in the Commonwealth.”

Stolle and McDonnell were also joined by former FOP State Lodge Presidents Garth Wheeler and Tommy Stiles, Virginia Beach FOP President Doug Zebley, Councilman Ron Villaneuva, Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Bryant and current Sheriff Paul Lanteigne.

Ken has now received the FOP State Lodge’s “Senator of the Year” recognition an unprecedented 4 times since he began serving in the General Assembly in 1992.

Recently Ken was recognized as the “Outstanding Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. He had previously received the “Senator of the Year” award from the Virginia State Police Association.

Locally Stolle has been endorsed by the Virginia Beach Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8, Virginia Beach Professional Firefighters Local 2924, Virginia Beach Police Benevolent Association Local 34 and all 11 members of the Virginia Beach City Council. He also has the full support of current Virginia Beach Sheriff Paul Lanteigne and former Sheriff Frank Drew, a Republican and Democrat respectively.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

EXCLUSIVE....Jody Wagner's Budget Calculator

Posted by Maximus


Discovered in Jody Wagner's desk when she served as Secretary of Finance in the Administration of Governor Timothy M. Kaine, here is THE calculator responsible for all of Virginia's poorly forecast revenue projections: Behold the JODYLATOR! Coming to screw up your budget soon.




BREAKING.....CREIGH DEEDS REACTS TO GOVERNOR WILDER'S NON-ENDORSEMENT

Posted by MAXIMUS

Caught on video at Creigh Deeds' Headquarters....DEEDS caught taking out his frustrations on his staff over not winning the endorsement from Doug Wilder, the NRA, the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, the Fraternal Order of Police. Brutal.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This is what I'm talking about ...The Restore the Founders' Vision organization

Here is a great organization and a great video Restore the Founders' Vision (http://www.rtfv.net/) attended the 9/12/09 Washington DC Taxpayer Tea Party March and asked demonstrators two questions: "How have we deviated from the Founding Fathers' Vision. ……go to http://www.rtfv.net/ and check them out...



Hat tip to Jamie Brown Radtke (Secretary/Treasurer Board of Directors) Restore the Founders' Vision

Presidential Approval Ratings -- Barack Obama

Presidential Approval Ratings -- Barack Obama

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Washington Post: 63% of Virginia Voters Run Away from a CREIGH "KAINE" DEEDS Administration


Posted by MAXIMUS

Among others, the two questions appearing below were asked of respondents in the recently released Washington Post poll of Virginia voters regarding the 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial Election:

[Do you want] “a governor who can get the state going in a new direction” or
[Do you want] “a governor who can keep the state moving in the same direction we're going.”

A strong majority, 63 percent, said “new direction” while only 35 percent said “same direction.”

What does Creigh Deeds want? What direction does he want the state moving in? Deeds wants to keep moving Virginia moving in the same direction as DNC Chairman, and part-time Governor, Timothy Kaine. Creigh Deeds said he wants to continue the policies of outgoing Governor Timothy Kaine. Net, net: Virginia voters are not bullish on a Creigh Kaine Deeds Administration. The Washington Post says so--it must be true.

Jody Wagner QUITS DEBATE, RUNS FROM BOLLING

Lifting the boycott on using Wager's first name this one time for the below press release....the Shun still remains in place against her....... :) Only 1 Jody remains!!



Matt Wells, Bolling campaign manager, today issued the following statement: "Earlier today, the campaign of Jody Wagner released a statement asserting that Lieutenant Governor Bolling had threatened to "pull out" of a debate that had been scheduled for September 24th before the Prince William Committee of 100. Nothing could be further from the truth......The Bolling campaign's participation in this debate has always been predicated on our ability to develop mutually agreed-upon rules and debate format. However, and despite our best efforts, no final rules have been agreed to and for the Wagner campaign to claim otherwise is simply false....During our discussions with the Prince William Committee of 100 we have made significant compromises on several issues, including the moderator of the debate, the rules of the debate, the format of the debate, etc. However, we have insisted on the inclusion of a "no use" agreement in the rules. Unfortunately, and despite our best efforts, the Wagner campaign has refused to agree to a "no use" agreement, and the debate cannot proceed without such an agreement....No use agreements are standard for debates of this nature. They protect both sides from having clips and portions of the debate taken out of context. For example, the recent gubernatorial debate in Fairfax operated under a mutually acceptable no-use agreement....In addition, and at the request of the debate organizers, we have taken great care to keep our discussions about debate rules private and out of the media. Unfortunately, the Wagner campaign has refused to discuss the rules of this debate in good faith, as is evidenced by their recent press release; and has now issued a factually inaccurate and misleading statement in an effort to try and score some cheap political points in advance of the debate. Given these developments, it is clear that the debate cannot move forward as scheduled on September 24th and we have advised the debate organizers of that fact.....Lieutenant Governor Bolling was looking forward to the opportunity to debate Ms. Wagner and discuss the important issues currently facing Virginia, and we remain hopeful that this will occur at some point in the future....We greatly appreciate the hard work that the Prince William Committee of 100 has put into this event, and we are very disappointed that the debate will not proceed as scheduled. However, it is obvious to that the Wagner campaign would rather debate about debates than actually hold one."

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Healthcare Reform Forum (Townhall) with Rep. Eric Cantor TODAY!!!

Please join 7th District Congressman Eric Cantor on Monday, September 21st as he and Rep. Bobby Scott (3rd District) discuss the proposed federal health care reform package in a Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch Public Square forum.
While the forum will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Seating is limited, so please arrive early to show your support and learn more about one of the most important legislative issues to face Congress in decades.
What: Town Hall Forum with Congressmen Cantor and Scott

When: Monday, September 21, 9:00 a.m.

Where: Richmond Times-Dispatch
300 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Republican Party of Virginia
115 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
www.rpv.org
804-780-0111

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Question of the Evening

Posted by Maximus

In the event that Bob McDonnell is elected Governor of Virginia, will the Washington Post give a concession speech?

**BREAKING** House Votes to Cut All Funds to ACORN

**BREAKING** House Votes to Cut All Funds to ACORN

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Democrat Charlie Diradour gets DESTROYED

Posted by MAXIMUS

Democrats in Virginia's 7th Congressional District are hailing Charlie Diradour as their "marquee" candidate to challenge Rep. Eric Cantor. There's just one problem, watch this brief video to find out. Hat tip to Virginia Virtucon link here:
http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/exclusive-video-wheres-charlie-diradour/

BREAKING VIDEO....Creigh Deeds has a melt down after Fairfax Chamber Debate...Roughs up Female Reporter

Posted by MAXIMUS

Is Deeds off his meds? No further explanation necessary. The revolution...ergh, I mean the implosion will be televised....look at how Creigh Deeds responds to a question from the lady reporter and behold how he can't answer MULTIPLE question on taxes.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Creigh Deeds losing credibility fast...Campaign Implodes over disparate statements


Posted by MAXIMUS

Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds is on the defensive like I've never seen thus far in this campaign. Deeds can no longer run and hide from his differing statements regarding support or non-support of collective bargaining for Virginia law enforcement personnel.

EVEN THE WASHINGTON POST CAN'T GLOSS OVER DEEDS' BEING CAUGHT SAYING TWO DIFFERENT THINGS TO TWO DIFFERENT GROUPS. SEE LINK BELOW. DEEDS IS CAUGHT LYING ABOUT HIS POSITION ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. HE SAYS ONE THING TO PUBLIC SAFETY WORKERS IN FAVOR IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND TWO WEEKS LATER, DEEDS SAYS SOMETHING DIRECTLY OPPOSITE TO THEIR BOSSES AGAINST COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. DEEDS LOSES CREDIBILITY BY THE SECOND.

Link here for the story on the two faces of Creigh Deeds in the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/15/AR2009091503407.html?sid=ST2009091503521

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BREAKING...DEEDS REVERSES COURSE ON RAIDING STATE EMPLOYEE PENSION PAYMENTS...UNDERCUTS HIS CENTRAL ARGUMENT TO BECOME GOVERNOR

Posted by MAXIMUS

What a difference four hours makes in Creigh Deeds world!!

Earlier today on this very blog, your beloved MAXIMUS posted a story that nailed Democrat Creigh Deeds as being in support of Governor Timothy Kaine's jackbooted policy position to slash the amount of money that the Commonwealth pays into the pension system for state employees known as the Virginia Retirement System ("VRS"). Link here:
http://thecontemporaryconservative.blogspot.com/2009/09/breakingcreigh-deeds-refuses-to.html

This is an employer paid benefit instead of an employee paid benefit---according to present state employees, the employer paid contribution into a defined pension plan is one of the bright spots of the current employee compensation package that the Commonwealth offers.

Until earlier today Democrat Creigh Deeds, Governor Kaine's Legacy in Waiting, was proudly marching in lock step with ALL of Governor Timothy Kaine's policy positions. Deeds said he wanted to keep Virginia moving forward by CONTINUING the polices of Gov. Kaine--folks you have to know that this IS DEEDS' CENTRAL ARGUMENT TO BECOME THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA!!! Deeds trumpets this theme daily... that a Deeds administration would be a logical extension of the Kaine Administration. Suddenly, Governor Kaine's policies are too unbearable for Creigh Deeds to run on as evidenced by Deeds admonishment of Governor Kaine's policy to slash Virginia's employer paid contribution into VRS for her employees? Link here for the story on the change in Deeds' position in the Richmond Times Dispatch today at 5:22 p.m. http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/article/PENSGATER15_20090915-172003/293024/

Did Creigh Deeds just undercut his own carefully scripted central argument to become Governor of Virginia by switching his position to one that is in direct opposition to Governor Kaine's most recent policy proposal to slash employer paid contribution payments into the VRS pension fund? Yes he did. This policy fiasco proves that Deeds is uncomfortable in his own political skin. This sudden reversal against Kaine's policy proposal on this issue proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Deeds is now cannibalizing his own carefully scripted argument (so central to his messaging to become the next Governor of Virginia)--which is that DEEDS WILL continue the policies of Tim Kaine to keep Virginia "moving forward."

Creigh Deeds does not know who he is as a politician. Deeds knows not what his message is. Deeds was just forced to eat the central reasoning he espoused to become Governor. This episode just shoved it right down his throat. There is no time for Deeds to start this campaign over as he cannot simply "transform" his central reason to become Governor that restated is that DEEDS will carry on the policies of Tim Kaine. Stated another way, there is simply not enough time for Deeds to disinfect and disassociate himself from the rancid policies of outgoing Governor Tim Kaine. "K" is Creigh's Scarlet Letter. It fits him oh so well.

BOB McDONNELL: VIRGINIA MUST KEEP PROMISE MADE TO CURRENT STATE EMPLOYEES

Posted by MAXIMUS

VIRGINIA BEACH- Bob McDonnell, Republican gubernatorial nominee and former Attorney General of Virginia, issued the following statement this morning opposing Governor Tim Kaine's recently announced decision to seriously consider requiring Virginia state employees to contribute to their retirement accounts. This decision to "look hard" at making state employees pay into the pension plan is a major policy change in how the retirement accounts of Virginia state employees are funded.

Speaking about his position, McDonnell noted, "These are tough economic times. I understand the governor has been forced to make difficult decisions to balance the budget. As Attorney General, I made tough choices as well, cutting the office's budget by 14% over a two-year period. But the decision to suspend a scheduled payment to the state's Retirement Fund is a budget gimmick that will reduce the solvency of the fund at a time when the funded reserve has already declined. This should be of concern to every state employee and retiree. The tough fiscal climate also is no excuse for breaking a longstanding commitment to the men and women who have dedicated their careers to the service of Virginia's people. Since 1983 , the Commonwealth has contributed state workers personal portions to their pensions. As The Richmond Times-Dispatch correctly noted this morning, the decision to do so was made as a compromise for not offering workers a pay raise at the time. State workers were given long - term financial assistance in exchange for forfeiting possible pay raises. And in recent years our state workers have continued to provide great public service, without increases in pay or benefits. The compromise represents a promise made by the Commonwealth to state workers. That promise cannot be broken. While defined-contribution plans may be considered in the years ahead for new employees joining state government, I do not believe they should be applied to current state employees who were promised a different system.

The recent news of multiple budget shortfalls, the cancelling of the I-95/395 Hot Lane project, the closing of state rest stops, the repeated imposition of new financial burdens on tuition-paying students and families, concerns over Medicaid funding, and so many other issues make it clear that there is much work to be done to get Virginia's financial house in order. But penalizing hard working state employees, and breaking a promise made to them, when they started their careers, cannot be the solution.

I believe we do need government agency restructuring, performance audits, and more innovation and prioritization to reform elements of state government. But we will not make government work better by pulling the rug out from under the very people who serve in state government and will be charged with implementing these much-needed reforms."

BREAKING...Creigh Deeds and Governor Kaine throw State Employees under the bus


Posted by MAXIMUS

He's at it again. This time, Creigh Deeds is targeting the retirement benefits of teachers, police officers, deputy sheriff's, fire fighters, state troopers and basically anybody else who depends upon the Virginia Retirement System for a pension.

How so? Deeds is refusing to distance himself from Governor Tim Kaine's plan to not pay over $100,000,000 into the state maintained pension fund. Way to go Creigh! You've just pissed off the largest employer voting block in Central Virginia! Sure, Deeds is down in the Central Virginia region, but is being down in the polls coupled with a dogged refusal to disown the ideas of Governor Tim Kaine really serve as justifiable reason to throw the retirement plans of state police, teachers, fire fighters, deputy sheriff's, and police officers under the bus?

Creigh Deeds pledges to follow in the policy footsteps of Tim Kaine. More specifically, this is what Creigh Deeds thinks of Governor Kaine's plan to alter the retirement and pension plans of state employees: "Today’s decisions were tough,...for state employees.." Link here: http://www2.wsls.com/sls/news/state_regional/govtpolitics/article/creigh_deeds_statement_on_state_budget_cuts/45290/
Net, net: Creigh Deeds refuses to distance himself from Governor Kaine's plan to raid the state employee pension fund to balance the budget.
On the other hand, Bob McDonnell has pledged to live up to Virginia's commitment to employees under the Virginia Retirement System, to wit:

McDonnell: Virginia Must Keep Promise Made to Current State Employees

VIRGINIA BEACH- Bob McDonnell, Republican gubernatorial nominee and former Attorney General of Virginia, issued the following statement this morning opposing Governor Tim Kaine's recently announced decision to seriously consider requiring Virginia state employees to contribute to their retirement accounts. This decision to "look hard" at making state employees pay into the pension plan is a major policy change in how the retirement accounts of Virginia state employees are funded.

Speaking about his position, McDonnell noted, "These are tough economic times. I understand the governor has been forced to make difficult decisions to balance the budget. As Attorney General, I made tough choices as well, cutting the office's budget by 14% over a two-year period. But the decision to suspend a scheduled payment to the state's Retirement Fund is a budget gimmick that will reduce the solvency of the fund at a time when the funded reserve has already declined. This should be of concern to every state employee and retiree. The tough fiscal climate also is no excuse for breaking a longstanding commitment to the men and women who have dedicated their careers to the service of Virginia's people. Since 1983 , the Commonwealth has contributed state workers personal portions to their pensions. As The Richmond Times-Dispatch correctly noted this morning, the decision to do so was made as a compromise for not offering workers a pay raise at the time. State workers were given long - term financial assistance in exchange for forfeiting possible pay raises. And in recent years our state workers have continued to provide great public service, without increases in pay or benefits. The compromise represents a promise made by the Commonwealth to state workers. That promise cannot be broken. While defined-contribution plans may be considered in the years ahead for new employees joining state government, I do not believe they should be applied to current state employees who were promised a different system.

The recent news of multiple budget shortfalls, the cancelling of the I-95/395 Hot Lane project, the closing of state rest stops, the repeated imposition of new financial burdens on tuition-paying students and families, concerns over Medicaid funding, and so many other issues make it clear that there is much work to be done to get Virginia's financial house in order. But penalizing hard working state employees, and breaking a promise made to them, when they started their careers, cannot be the solution.

I believe we do need government agency restructuring, performance audits, and more innovation and prioritization to reform elements of state government. But we will not make government work better by pulling the rug out from under the very people who serve in state government and will be charged with implementing these much-needed reforms."

BREAKING....CREIGH DEEDS CAUGHT IN A LIE


Posted by MAXIMUS

Trying to placate the views of two disparate groups, Creigh Deeds has stepped in the mud big time by saying he supports collective bargaining for law enforcement personnel to the Fraternal Order of Police ("FOP"). Yesterday Creigh Deeds states that he does NOT support collective bargaining for law enforcement personnel while attending an annual meeting the Virginia Sheriff's Association in Virginia Beach, VA.

Incredible. Creigh Deeds says one thing in one part of Virginia on August 6, 2009, to law enforcement personnel in support of collective bargaining then he shucks and jives in Virginia Beach on Monday, September 14, 2009, saying the exact opposite. Governor Tim Kaine is already pulling the rug from under state employees by proposing to not fund their retirement plans, now Creigh Deeds is caught lying to public safety personnel when he thought nobody else was listening, to wit the below email:

September 14, 2009

Brothers and Sisters,

I am writing this email to inform you of disturbing information that was relayed to me today (Monday Sept 14).Candidate for Governor Creigh Deeds was speaking before the Virginia Sheriffs Association's annual conference. Creigh was asked specifically if he supported collective bargaining. Senator Deeds initially stated that he did not support collective bargaining for constitutional officers. When asked if he supported collective bargaining for police departments the Senator responded that he does not support collective bargaining for public safety period. The Senator initially tried to dismiss his response to the Sheriffs associations question by blaming a junior staffer. He said that the wrong answer had been checked on the questionnaire. The first question we asked in our survey this year was on collective bargaining. I am including the question and the Senators response.

1. In the US Congress, HR 413 is a bill designed to provide collective bargaining rights for pubic safety officers employed by States or their political subdivisions has been introduced. If passed, this bill will allow for the first time in Virginia the right of public safety employees to meet and confer with their employers to negotiate wages and benefits. It is well known that Virginia is one of only a few states that has right to work laws. This Bill is on of the FOP top priorities in Congress. As Governor what would your position be on the passage of this bill and the right of public safety employees to meet and confer?

Creigh Deeds response to the above question.I am a strong supporter of collective bargaining rights for public safety employees. As a legislator, I have voted for the right of workers to meet and confer. As governor, I will continue to support meet and confer for public safety employees in Virginia.

I was told this information by two separate sources. I confirmed the information by talking to my Sheriff. I am not sure why the Senator has changed his opinion on collective bargaining. He was at my lodge on August 6th and spoke before my members. He was asked by one of my members if he supported collective bargaining legislation and said that he did.

I felt that it was important to send this information out so that the remaining lodges that have not voted yet will be informed when they make their decision. I am actually very surprised that the Senator has changed his position on this.
Link here: http://www.vastatefop.com/index.htm

Fraternally,

Kevin P. Carroll
Legislative Chairman
Sergeant At Arms

(Virgina Fraternal Order of Police, State Lodge)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Vice President or Acting President

http://www.thecontemporaryconservative.blogspot.com Found this article in the Washington Times Interesting:

There's no "I" in "team," but there is definitely one in "Biden."....With President Obama off on vacation, his second in two weeks, unofficial Acting President Joe Biden has stepped into the vacuum, claiming credit Thursday for the successes of the administration's $787 billion stimulus package and fielding questions on health care reform something his boss hasn't done in nearly two weeks. ...The vice president, borrowing Mr. Obama's teleprompter for a speech before a friendly audience at the Brookings Institution, said "I" more than a dozen times as he pointed repeatedly to progress on the economy and to his lofty role in the process. ...."Every week -- with notable exceptions -- I hold a Cabinet meeting. And most of the Cabinet secretaries attend," he told the audience in Washington......."I made it clear that our focus had to be, in the first 100 days, accountability, transparency and responsiveness. I wanted each of those Cabinet secretaries to set up systems where they would have a high degree of confidence that as they implemented what they were in charge of, it would be done effectively and efficiently." ....Mr. Biden said he had also talked to "every single governor except one, who's now a former governor." The crowd laughed, getting the reference to former Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin. "By the way, it wasn't by design. She was going to be on a couple of times and couldn't for other reasons," he said defensively. ....In a presidential-like declaration, Mr. Biden said the buck stops with him. "I take responsibility for mistakes that were made," he said at one point....Mr. Obama, his poll numbers plummeting after a long August recess, has all but dropped out of sight, except for his appearances at the services for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. In Martha's Vineyard last week, he kept reporters far away as he played golf on Monday, and Tuesday, and Thursday and Friday. ...Since his prerecorded radio address on Aug. 22, Mr. Obama hasn't said a word about health care, which has quickly climbed to the top of the list of concerns for Americans. Instead, he choppered off to Camp David on Wednesday, and was heard from on Thursday just once when he proclaimed September "National Wilderness Month."



Read Here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/04/curl-biden-fills-vacationing-obamas-void/

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I Pledge to be told what to think?

http://www.thecontemporaryconservative.blogspot.com Parents are upset over a "propaganda video show at an elementary school in Utah. From the Salt Lake Tribune with a H/T to Doc Thompson:

A school principal has apologized for showing a video at an assembly that a politically conservative group leader is calling "radical, leftist propaganda." …Children at Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington were shown a short video called "I pledge" on Aug. 28. The video opens with an image of President Barack Obama and part of a speech in which he says, "Let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other." The video then features celebrities making pledges about how they will help the president and the world -- and that's where some say the problem lies. …Many pledges, such as supporting local food banks,smiling more, and caring for the elderly are noncontroversial. But other pledges, such as "to never give anyone the finger when I'm driving again," "to sell my obnoxious car and buy a hybrid" and to advance stem cell research cross the line, some say. …"Showing the video in a public school is completely inappropriate," said Jennifer Cieslewicz, whose daughter is a first-grader at the school. "I don't believe a video such as this that promotes certain values should be shown to elementary students, especially without parents being aware. " ..Chris Williams, Davis School District spokesman, said school principal Ofelia Wade and school PTA leaders decided to show the video as part of an assembly about the school's theme for the year, service. He said the PTA board chose the video and Wade did not see it before it was shown in the assembly…."It got to a point where she turned to her assistant and said, 'Oops, I wish I would have seen this before. I don't think I would have shown it,' " Williams said. He said Wade could see how some adults might find the video political. ….Gayle Ruzicka, president of conservative Utah Eagle Forum, said the video was blatantly political. She said other offensive pledges included, "I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama," "I pledge allegiance to the funk, to the united funk of funkadelica," and pledges to not use plastic grocery bags and not flush the toilet after urinating. …"It's very inappropriate to show a radical, leftist propaganda piece that political to children," Ruzicka said. "If parents want their children to learn about those things and do them in the home, wonderful, fine, but it's not the place of the school to show a one-sided propaganda piece to children without parents knowing about it." …Cieslewicz said such values should be decided in the home, not at school. …"They shouldn't be troubling our youth with the woes of the world and making them feel like we're in slavery or they have to worry about how many times they flush the toilet or if they have a plastic water bottle," Cieslewicz said, referring to pledges in the video to "end slavery."



Indoctrination or Inspiration: Obama changing call to “help” the President

http://www.thecontemporaryconservative.blogspot.com From FOX News:

The Obama administration is rethinking its course recommendations for students ahead of President Obama's address to the nation's school children next week, rewriting its suggestions to teachers for student assignments on how to "help the president," …..The Washington Times reported Thursday that presidential aides acknowledged they helped the U.S. Education Department write the suggested assignments, which stirred criticism by many who say Obama is trying to indoctrinate the education system….White House aides said the language was supposed to be a inspirational, pro-education message to America's youths, but its unintended consequences were evident….Among the activities initially suggested for pre-K to 6th grade students was to "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president."…Another assignment for students after hearing the speech was to discuss what "the president wants us to do."

Read Here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/03/white-house-withdraws-students-help-obama

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

McDonnell/Deeds/VA political poll show good trends for McDonnell

http://www.thecontemporaryconservative.blogspot.com New Rasmussen poll show good trends for Bob McDonnell

Virginia State Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted September 1, 2009

By Rasmussen Reports


1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

32% Strongly approve

18% Somewhat approve

7% Somewhat disapprove

42% Strongly disapprove

1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Tim Kaine has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

20% Strongly approve

31% Somewhat approve

25% Somewhat disapprove

21% Strongly disapprove

3% Not sure


3* In thinking about the 2009 election for Governor of Virginia if the election were held today would you vote for Republican Robert McDonnell or Democrat Creigh Deeds?

Without Leaners
With Leaners

Robert McDonnell
49%
51%

Creigh Deeds
39%
42%

Some Other Candidates
3%
1%

Not sure
9%
6%


4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.


McDonnell
Deeds
Warner
Kaine

Very Favorable
25%
19%
33%
22%

Somewhat Favorable
30%
29%
29%
30%

Somewhat Unfavorable
20%
25%
17%
24%

Very Unfavorable
8%
17%
13%
19%

Not Sure
16%
10%
9%
6%
5* Which gubernatorial candidate do you trust more on taxes….Robert McDonnell or Creigh Deeds?



50% McDonnell

35% Deeds

15% Not sure


6* Okay…which candidate do you trust more to cut government spending?
51% McDonnell

29% Deeds

20% Not sure

7* Fine…which candidate is more likely to confront Virginia's transportation problems?

36% McDonnell

35% Deeds

30% Not sure


8* next….which candidate do you trust more on the issue of abortion?

38% McDonnell

37% Deeds

25% Not sure

9* How closely have you been following recent news stories about the thesis written by Robert McDonnell twenty years ago?
24% Very closely
25% Somewhat closely
27% Not very closely
22% Not at all
1% Not sure

10* In terms of how you will vote this November, how important is the content of McDonnell’s thesis?

17% Very important
19% Somewhat important
25% Not very important
24% Not at all important
14% Not sure

11* In terms of how you will vote in the 2009 Governor Election, how important is the performance of President Obama?

20% Somewhat important
22% Not very important
15% Not at all important
7% Not sure


NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

The Radical Obama Advisers and Glen Beck

Can't say I'm 100% in the Glen Beck camp all the time but this is interesting since I do believe that past actions can be a good indicator of future performance. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (brother of Rahm Emanuel), Cass Sunstein (regulatory czar), John P. Holdren (science czar), Peter Singer (health care czar), Van Jones (Green Jobs czar; professed communist) all need to do some explaining of their views at the very least.

You Better not be talking about me, VAN!!!

http://thecontemporaryconservative.blogspot.com Van Jones, Special Advisor for Green Jobs to President Obama, the White House Council on Environmental Quality calls Republicans assholes. The dismissive nature of his comments show that he and the Obama administration have no intention of ever working in a nonpartisan way for the betterment of all this country's citizens...either agree or pay the price. Name calling and blaming problems with people not liking your plans and the incompetency of getting them implemented on a generalized group of people is inaccurate, since DEMS control the Legislature and Executive branch as well as lacks maturity and substance, you A-hole!!

From CBS no less - the media vultures are circling

A quote from CBS News:

President Obama's job approval ratings have fallen more steeply than any other newly elected president, and the White House is well aware that drop could impact the president's ability to advance his agenda.
.... I find it fascinating since that the network news most supportive of this President (right or wrong) is starting to turn as the public turns....build them up and knock them down, that's what the media has turned into.

Read the rest of the article here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obama-challenged-health-care-afghanistan/story?id=8467371

From CBS no less - the media vultures are circling

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Republican program for economic recovery at a breakfast meeting

McDONNELL, WARE TOUT ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN IN MIDLOTHIAN
MORE JOBS, LESS TAXES LEAD TO A STRONGER ECONOMY


MIDLOTHIAN-Delegate Lee Ware and Bob McDonnell, Republican candidate for Governor, will highlight the Republican program for economic recovery at a breakfast meeting in Midlothian on Thursday, September 3.

The event, open to the public, will be held at 8:00 a.m. at At Cafe Caturra, 1380 Village Place. A dutch-treat breakfast will be available.

"Virginia has rightly been ranked the best state in America in which to open a small business," Ware remarked. "Voters come November will want to remember why this is the case." Ware said that "numerous citizens' and business organizations have commended the Republican majority in the House for keeping a brake on taxes and a tight rein on spending during the two years preceding the national economic decline. With Bob McDonnell as our next Governor, we will be even better able to give small businesses the incentives they need to begin rehiring and even adding jobs for our people."

Ware represents the 65th House District comprised of thirteen precincts in western Chesterfield and all of Powhatan County. McDonnell, who resigned as Attorney General to run for Governor, previously served with Ware in the House of Delegates.

Further information about Thursday's meeting is available from Sara Capelli, deputy campaign manager for Delegate Ware, at 814-5364
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